The book was great, it kept you on the edge of your seat. Unlike any I have ever read where you know the main characters will make it through the book or most of the way, you never know from minute to minute who will be killed off. I stayed surprised. The only disappointment if the abundance of explicit sexual details including same sex encounters. I have a good imagination and don't need every single detail spelled out. I am not a prude but felt it had too much. It took away from the story. The narrator was very good.
A Game of Thrones is a well-written story, with different characters' perspectives woven together to tell a tale of adventure, power, and honor. Great in the fantasy genre as well as in the literature genre.
I usually don't listen to books that I've not first read in written form, but A Game of Thrones is an exception. Roy Dotrice's excellent narration kept me engaged and interested. I definitely recommend this as both an audiobook and as a book to read.
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Great characters, great story, great read. I've read it twice and watched the HBO series. With the series I've started re-reading them all.
Several reviews were tepid about the reader Roy Dotrice, but I thought the performance was superb, and made the book for me. I had not read the book prior to listening, so had no pre-formed conclusions.
I also had a couple of long drives, so I was able to listen to large parts of the book at one "sitting".
All in all a great performance!
I am quite sure I would have enjoyed this if the narrator didn't deliver in such a monotone voice.
The story worries me like the first encounter of a Dire Wolf and satiates like the "Milk of The Puppy" (poppy, I know but the phrase sticks). It's an excellent epic story with complicated relationships, intricate politics, sex, violence, disaster, and glory. Martin seems to have no problem killing off a major character thus causing us readers anguish and anxiety at every scene.
You'd think "so and so" would last through the entire series and be the Frodo Baggins/ Ender Wiggan/ Darth Vader/ Harry Potter of the series?
Here, the mystery and intrigue is palpable because we have no idea who will still be around. I try to distance my feelings for these characters for this reason but Martin is such a great writer that he Makes me interested in them anyway.
Roy Dotrice is an excellent reader. He reminds me of Patrick Tull or George Guidall, superb salty voiced readers who render their characters with grit, fire and hard earned experience. What he lacks in young feminine voices, he more than makes up for with his multi male voices. There are hundreds of characters with varying degrees of intelligence, education and class and Dotrice does a handy job at voicing many of them.
At times the many many characters makes the story a little more confusing with an audiobook than with an actual book book where you have the luxury of quickly skimming back to, say chapter two, to check the name of some guy you read about. However this is a great start to what promises to be an excellent series.
I have read a lot of books in my forty-eight years on the planet, and this is in my top ten. I hope the rest of the series can maintain the same level of excitement. If you love fantasy, this will be right up your alley.
This could have been an interesting listen, but the narrator was not right for it. This needs someone like the narrator for the Harry Potter series, someone who uses inflection and emphasis and wit and differentiates among characters. But this voice churns along with the same tone, on and on. Too bad.
Each character draws you in with a compelling and very human mix of good & evil personality traits. The story could stand alone as a political intrigue. Add that to a detailed fantasy setting and mysterious powers, what more could you want? Dragons? Oh, yeah, it has those too!
I couldn't help but pick this one up after all of the good things I've heard about both the book and TV adaptation. I'd also heard some literary criticism of George R. R. Martin's writing style, which wile valid, were only relevant in the strictest sense of a scholarly English critique. The universe of Game of Thrones is one full of wonder and fantasy, with heroes and villains alike all imagined in vivid detail. Each house with their arms, ancestry, and decoration are presented for the reader's mind to envision. In that sense I have very much enjoyed the ride and the story itself has gripped me the entire way through.
Roy Dotrice has a great voice. Each character's annunciation comes to life with such range that I am never at a loss to know who is speaking. He has the perfect blend of rasp and masculinity for men, innocence and delicacy for children, and sternness and confidence for the leading women. I can't wait to hear more in the sequels.
Sound quality of the recording itself is very good. I feel no need to adjust the EQ settings while listening in my car. I am not an audiophile, but SQ is important to me and I am especially bothered by poor recordings. This product does not disappoint!